Agriculture and Natural Resources

Compiled by Diane Turner - Hamilton County Educator

Issue 18 - July 2016

Indiana Crop Weather Report - Storms Provide Much Needed Relief

Find the updated crop reports for the past two weeks for Indiana by clicking the links below. Information is provided by Indiana State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Indiana Crop Report - June 27, 2016

Indiana Crop Report - July 5, 2016

Current Purdue Production Newsletters

Chat 'n Chew Cafe - July 2016

Pest & Crop Newsletter - Issue 12 - June 24, 2016

Pest & Crop Newsletter - Issue 13 - July 1, 2016

Vegetable Crops Hotline - Issue 616 - July 6, 2016


2016 Hamilton County Fair Dates: July 21-25

Auction July 26

Click here for more information and the full fair schedule

The Purdue Extension Hamilton County Website


Indiana State Fair: August 5 - 21, 2016

Indiana State Fair Website

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Purdue Turfcast Website

If you are interested in periodic assessments of turf disease threats in Indiana, then you should check out our TURFCAST website. The website offers daily risk assessments for certain diseases (dollar spot, brown patch, and Pythium blight) and weekly comments by me at "Turf Disease Watch" this is based on my observations at Purdue's Daniel Turf Center and out in the state. It also includes a chart of soil temperatures recorded here in West Lafayette, which I use to comment on the timing for fungicide applications for summer patch control. Click here to access TURFCAST through our Purdue Turf website, or simply Google "Purdue TURFCAST".


Rick Latin, Turfgrass Pathologist, Purdue Univeristy

Upcoming Training Events and Opportunities

Turf and Landscape Field Day on July 12, 2016

On Tuesday, July 12, 2016 the Purdue Turf Program and the Midwest Regional Turf Foundation will host the Turf and Landscape Field Day. The Turf and Landscape Field Day is Indiana’s largest green industry field day. This will be the third year with landscape research tours added. Specialists from four different departments in the College of Agriculture will share their findings and recommendations to Green Industry professionals. We invite you to join us. Attendees will receive education (with CCHs in categories 2, 3a, 3b, 6, and RT), listen to research updates, receive product updates from exhibitors, and also network with others in the Green Industry.


For more information on the upcoming Purdue Turf Field Day, click here.

Thorntown Hops Farm to Be Featured in Upcoming Field Day July 23, 2016

Individuals interested in learning more about growing hops and/or want to start hops production should join me and the Purdue Hops Team at Purdue Extension's Hops Field Day on July 23. The field day offers two registration options, see flyer below.


Topics to be covered on July 23 include: Hops Variety Trials, Harvesting, Economics of Hops Production, Hop Trellis Design, Drying and Pelletizing.


The event is free, but registration is required by July 5, 2016. To sign up, go to this link. For more information, contact the Monroe County Extension office at 812-349-2575 or afthompson@purdue.edu. Hope to see you all there to learn more about this new Indiana crop.

Hamilton County Master Gardener Intern Training Begins August 23, 2016

Hamilton County has scheduled their popular Purdue Master Gardener Program to begin August 23rd, 2016. Classes are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:00-4:00 pm through October 11th at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Noblesville.


The cost for the program materials is $165.00. Click the link below for more information. All applications are due by August 1, 2016.


Master Gardener Intern Training Information

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About Diane Turner

Diane is the Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator for Hamilton County, Indiana. Her responsibilities include support for commercial agriculture producers, homeowners, and coordinating the Master Gardener Program. Feel free to call or email her with questions.
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